I have always loved gymnastics and I started when I was 5, I started out doing artistic then I moved to acrobatics but I have always wanted to tumble; I had a trial at Southampton Gymnastics club and I started tumbling in November 2016. I train 3 times a week and do conditioning between sessions to build up my strength. I have done quite a few competitions since I started however I have never placed. It was only in February of this year that I attended the NDP tumbling prelims at Milton Keynes where I became the Southern Regional gold medallist: I was overjoyed.
Leading up to that competition I was nervous, I was excited but most of all I wanted to impress my coach. From this I qualified for two national competitions. The English Championships were at Telford International Centre, I placed 8th out of 15 and I was really happy with my performance. I wasn’t very nervous at this competition, more excited and I just tried to enjoy it as I may never have that opportunity again. More recently, I competed at Birmingham arena for the British Gymnastics NDP semi-finals, I placed 22nd and my coach was very proud. This was very challenging competing with all the noise. However it was a good experience, I learnt to stay focused and how to control my nerves. I have three more competitions this year and I’m looking forward to the challenges I will face as I move up to the next level.
By Sophie Hodson- Year7, Knightwood